Suzuki SV650

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Nim­ble and punchy... lovely

Back in 2009, Suzuki dis­con­tin­ued the SV650 in favour of the new Gla­dius – a per­fectly rea­son­able bike, which was easy to ride and stole much from its SV sib­ling, but in most senses it was a failed model. So Suzuki re­versed their think­ing, dis­con­tin­ued the Gla­dius, and rein­tro­duced the SV for 2016. And af­ter a few days on it I’m pleased to re­port they have def­i­nitely res­ur­rected the old SV’S spirit; it’s fun, sporty and, at £5699, very tempt­ing.

So, the sus­pen­sion isn’t ad­justable, but it’s an at­trac­tive bike. Our test bike is also fit­ted with a Yoshimura Al­pha ex­haust (£499) and an at­trac­tive Suzuki Tuck Roll seat (£149) which bump up the price to £6347. We’d ar­gue if you re­moved the Suzuki logo you could be fooled into think­ing it was Ital­ian.

With the in­tro­duc­tion of the new SV, Suzuki added 4bhp, moved the torque fur­ther up the rev range, and re­duced the mass by 8kg. It’s ac­tu­ally the only bike here un­der 200kg, and a whop­ping 23kg lighter than the Honda. It also has the most power. I love the SV’S nim­ble­ness and punchy en­gine. It’s so much fun, even in the cold and wet. Our test bike also wears Met­zeler Sportec M7 tyres (OE fit­ment are Dun­lop Qual­i­fiers) that find grip in all con­di­tions. Ev­ery jour­ney raises a smile, whether dart­ing be­tween traf­fic, or to­wards an apex. On the twisties you can have lots of fun with the peace of mind you’re not dou­bling the na­tional speed limit and have ABS as back-up.

In this com­pany there are ob­vi­ous draw­backs. In win­ter you’ll want to avoid long mo­tor­way stints due to the lack of wind pro­tec­tion. The 13.8-litre tank means the fuel light comes on around the 130-mile mark to ease the pain, but that’s 50-60 miles sooner than the oth­ers here. To add to the dis­com­fort the pegs feel high and the bars nar­row – this is a phys­i­cally small bike. All the fun is un­leashed above 6000rpm, too, mak­ing it revvy. But the SV is easy to ride, and trun­dles to­ward the hori­zon from vir­tu­ally tick­over. If you want to make the best use of the ex­cel­lent chas­sis you need to get busy with the throt­tle and beau­ti­fully smooth gear­box.

'I love the SV650'S nim­ble­ness and punchy en­gine Ð itõs so much fun'

Pegs are high, so six-foot­ers might feel a lit­tle cramped On these types of roads the SV650 is in its el­e­ment

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